How it all Started 14, The end.

Well not really The End but I have to choose an arbitrary point at which the “Start” is past. I think that first fish dinner is a pretty appropriate point at which to say, “I made it through the first part of Aquaponics”. The Aquaponics system is not only up and running but producing . . . → Read More: How it all Started 14, The end.

How it all Started 13, First Fish Dinner

We decided it was time to sample the products of our labors and have a catfish dinner. While the cook prepared to clean a catfish, I moved some catfish into the quarantine tank to purge. (I don’t think purging is necessary and we don’t bother to do it anymore, we just didn’t know any . . . → Read More: How it all Started 13, First Fish Dinner

How it all Started 12, Fish Feeder 2

New Feeder Over Catfish

Feeder timer

I finally went ahead and got some new Automatic Fish feeders. We actually tried a fish pond feeder but it was designed to fling the feed out into the middle of a pond and really didn’t work well for our situation for many of the same . . . → Read More: How it all Started 12, Fish Feeder 2

How it all Started 11, Tilapia

Breeders

Tilapia Fingerlings

May 29, 2008 we got tilapia for our Aquaponics System. About 100 small fingerlings and 3 larger ones as breeders, two female and one male.

They traveled in a cooler with a battery powered bubbler for the hour + drive home from Morningstar Fishermen and did fine for that.

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How it all Started 10, Sump Walk

Drained Sump Walk

Perhaps this should be in a list of Bad ideas I came up with. See I had thought to have the first two grow beds drain into this “tank” under the walk way that would then drain into the big tank via a float valve and thereby reduce the amount . . . → Read More: How it all Started 10, Sump Walk

How it all Started 9, Quarantine 1

installing First quarantine system

So you have an Aquaponics System Running, you already have fish in it and things are going well. What if you want to add more fish? What if the new fish bring a disease or parasite with them?

This is why it is highly recommended to Quarantine new fish . . . → Read More: How it all Started 9, Quarantine 1

How it all Started 8, Monster Grow Bed

Now the ever changing Big Aquaponics system expands again, this time doubling the filtration capacity all in one bed. I will call it the Monster Grow Bed.

Ground preped for Monster bed

This grow bed will be about 32 inches wide by 28-30 feet long and at least 12 inches deep. It sits . . . → Read More: How it all Started 8, Monster Grow Bed

How it all Started 7, Fish feeders 1

In Search of an Aquaponics fish feeder

Demand Feeders

Game feeder

This starts my saga in search of an Aquaponics fish feeder solution. Having looked in catalogs for feeders that are used at fish farms, I decided most of them were way to $$ so I thought to search for cheaper solutions. First . . . → Read More: How it all Started 7, Fish feeders 1

How it all Started 6, The Importance of Tank Covers

They say a picture is worth 1000 words, so how bout 2000?

mulch coated Fish

spray and measure dead fish

This is my second fish death. First fishaside or jumper. Now who says catfish don’t jump?

Likely exit point

landing location

And the space the fish managed to jump through… . . . → Read More: How it all Started 6, The Importance of Tank Covers

How it all Started, 5 Pump choices

Another Aquaponics disaster strikes when on April 19, 2008 the pump quit working. Now this was an old above ground pool pump that the Cook’s (The cook is my other half and we call him the cook because he is a great one) parents gave us when they quit bothering to fix their above . . . → Read More: How it all Started, 5 Pump choices